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Deborra Lee-Furness: What's your secret with Hugh Jackman?

Deborra Lee-Furness: What’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?

Deborra Lee-Furness, what’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?
Most women have a hard time keeping hold of their famous husbands. The A-list actor and all round nice guy must attract every other actress, model and human being on the planet. With all that competition, what is it that keeps Hugh besotted?
Hillary Clinton said her husband…

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If your career’s going nowhere, Ben Mendelsohn, Noah Taylor and Kick Gurry will give you hope

Careers are temperamental things.
Ambition can easily turn to apathy when a promotion never eventuates, a pay rise is quickly spent, a co-worker gets all the credit, or you’re mired in routine.
The best option is to change course and try again. Until the same thing happens and your career once again hits the skids.

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How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

I have a colleague who teaches drama. She studied musical theater with Hugh Jackman at WAAPA and once went out to dinner with him.

She tells her students about this so often that they roll their eyes and play with their phones whenever she brings it up.

(I have another story, one about Russell…

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What I learned from Drew Barrymore

What I learned from Drew Barrymore

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Drew Barrymore said something so insightful that it resonated with me immediately.

She said that a simple feel good rom-com like Never been kissed, in which she starred and produced, was a successful film because:

She added that you can strive to be profound, but in the end it’s the simplest things…

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Why there’s nothing to hate about Jennifer Jason Leigh at 53

It seems like only yesterday that Jennifer Jason Leigh played 15-year-old Stacy Hamilton in the early 80s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Leigh was 19 but had such a youthful face she was cast as a much younger teen.

Yet, despite consistent and acclaimed movie performances she never catapulted into the A-list stratosphere. Then in the…

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How Carrie Fisher can body shame Hollywood

Dear Carrie,

Recently, I  wrote an article that expressed my concerns about the facelift/botox/rhinoplasty/lipsuction or whatever it was you used to hide the aging process in The Force Awakens.

Was I wrong to be concerned?

Perhaps it’s the Force that keeps you looking so young. But why does Mark Hamil look his age?…

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The Force awakens but what happened to Carrie Fisher’s face?

Like most people on the planet I’ve just seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Thankfully, it’s much better than the prequels and in the hands of accomplished director J.J. Abrams, it sticks to the humor and lightheartedness of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Prior to its release, much of the publicity focused on…

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Are Sam and The Womp Deelite reincarnated?
I’ve been writing about reincarnated celebrities  for years now.
Celebrity reincarnation occurs when an actor/actress follows the same career trajectory as a former, usually dead, celebrity.
However, ideas, actions, fashion, politicians, songs, books and just about anything else — including music video clips — can reincarnate.

Music video reincarnation
Sam and The Womp is a…

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Save the lobsters

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Earlier this year I wrote about LaPoinya and logging in Tasmania’s old growth forests.

Many months later, the fight to save this ecologically vulnerable area continues.

This video explores the life cycle of the fresh water lobster and why logging in LaPoinya poses a threat to their survival.

Related post:
Lapoinya’s secret weapon in the fight to…

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Bay of Fires: Tasmania’s stunning natural wonder

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

I’ve just returned from camping at Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s East Coast.

The camp is one of the annual, end-of-year activities for Year 9 students. The last Year 9 camp I attended was Maria Island where the teenagers were nearly as feral as the island’s Tassie Devils.

This camp was different.

The students were less…

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Does Rupert move like Jagger?
I was horrified to hear that Jerry Hall is engaged to Rupert Murdoch.
Why would a gorgeous 59-year-old former supermodel and ex-wife of Mick Jagger want to date an old man of 84?
Has she not read Hack Attack?

Hack Attack is journalist Nick Davis’ expose of the illegal phone hacking scandal within the…

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Why you must attend the next self-publishing workshop at MONA

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Recently, the wonderful MONA gallery played host to TasRes and an assortment of visual artists and writers at a weekend-long workshop for self-publishers.

The focus was on software training for writers and artists keen to improve their technology skills.

Ensure your book is proof read

The weekend kicked off with artist Julianne Clifford delivering a grammar…

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Print-on-demand and eBooks

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eBook readers been around for a while on various devices and platforms.

eBooks are easy to publish and distribute but now, with print-on-demand, paperback books are also an option.

In the past, self-published authors took their manuscript to a printer. Generally a minimum print run was around 50 to 100 books. Some of these could be…

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More Memes

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been making memes.

And lately, with the Australian political landscape in turmoil, it is easier than ever to make a meme.

If you’re not Australian – and lets face it – most people aren’t (there are only 23 million of us) then you’ve probably never…

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Memorable memes

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Lately I’ve been making memes.

The internet is rife with memes because they are generally topical and humorous.

Memes capture the absurdity of life.

I think everyone should make at least one meme. It’s like being a political cartoonist without having to draw anything.

All you need is Photoshop or some other image program, something to…

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Even John McEnroe can’t believe this

In the words of tennis great John McEnroe, “You cannot be serious.”

Unfortunately, the world really is screwed if Trump gets into the White House.

Caligula made his horse a senator. America wants to elect an ass for President.— Sue Bell (@midlifexpress) September 7, 2015

Why authors should create their own book covers

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You’ve written your story, it’s been through endless drafts, edited and perfectly polished. It’s ready to upload to Amazon  or a similar platform. Then you realise there are thousands of new titles uploaded every week.

What can you do to make your book stand out?

Design a good cover.

Statistics show that a well…

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What if coding were invented by women

I teach technology, mostly digital design but also entry level coding.
I learned to code in my early 30s. I started with HTML which is not considered a programming language but it’s coding nonetheless. I moved on and taught Javascript, CSS and eventually Actionscript.
I’ve learned one thing during my teaching practice: coding was created…

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Why schools must teach unemployment skills

 |  by  |  Education, featured, Sage

A few months ago I posted about making a documentary I was working on with several Year 10 students. We have just finished the film and uploaded it to YouTube.

The documentary called, Why schools should teach unemployment skills, examines the grim employment prospects facing students when they graduate from school.

Please, Mr Flying Instructor, don’t slap me on the head

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

Ever wondered what it’s like behind the wheel of a small plane?

I took a two hour introductory flying lesson at Melbourne’s Moorabbin airport to find out.

Of course, taking to the sky in a small piece of metal is never going to run smoothly.

Shortly before my flight,  the weather deteriorated and the airport was closed. I had…

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